U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
AL
A 18-year-old member asked:

Can you smoke marijuana for pain after surgery?

6 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
No: No. Very bad idea as the active ingredient thc can cause elevations of blood pressure and tachycardia stressing the heart. Surgery and anesthesia are also very strong cardiac stressors which is why we don't operate soon after a heart attack and have folks with risk factors be see by cardiology for assessment prior to major surgery. I'm going to continue in the next post:.
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Continued: Lungs: cannabis smoke contains twice the amount of of 2 carcinogens, benzanthracene and benapyrene, both of which are not soluble and stay in the lungs causing irritation. This increased pneumonia risk. Anything that impairs respiratory function after or before anesthesia is a really bad idea since the anesthetist keeps you alive by breathing for you while asleep. Contd:.
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Cont'd 3: Or make any legal decisions withing 24 hours is because the anesthesia drugs impair judgement and reasoning ability as well as response time. Cannabis effect is additive to this. In the literature it is recommended to delay surgery until the thc has cleared the system. The half life is somewhere between 28 adn 56 hours depending upon the chronicity of the use.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Yes: Yes, you can, but for the most part will not be recommended because smoking in any post operative period has negative effects on wound healing. Medical marijuana is a controversial topic, while i feel there are some conditions where it may be helpful, due to legal and potential for abuse concerns, i don't advise it. The "pain relief" may be more of "i don't rally mind it" effect from marijuana u.
Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology 47 years experience
Yes if recent user: I my observations, which includes a database of pain score on all patients post op; tch( dope) abusers have more pain postop. I often cannot get them comfortable until they go home and smoke dope. If they have none 1 week preop, then i can get them comfortable. I think thc blocks other pain killers ( no proof) so that if you do not smoke preop then dope post op makes one a dope.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Not in my state: I don't think it is used that way in any state. It is not legal in my state at all.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Related questions

A 21-year-old male asked:
2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 43-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 28-year-old male asked:
2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
A 49-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jan 23, 2018

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.